The Warren County High School girls rugby team, playing its first home game of the season at Nunley Stadium, faced Columbia on Thursday night and lost in a highly competitive match throughout, 33-14.
The Lady Pioneers scored early, with a run up the middle, converting the try, to make it 5-0, with the kick to follow. The kick was good, and the Lady Pioneers had the 7-0 advantage on their home field.
The first half saw both teams battle back-and-forth for field position with many solid tackles until Columbia scored 10 unanswered points to go into the half with the 10-7 lead. Columbia scored on a try early in the second half, and converted the kick, to extend its lead, 17-7.
The Lady Pioneers didn’t go away though, scoring quickly, to make it 17-14 with 18 minutes to play.
The Lady Pioneers couldn’t control Columbia’s attack for the rest of the second half and saw them score 16 points in the final 18 minutes. The Lady Pioneers ran out of time, and lost the game 33-14, in a valiant effort.
The Lady Pioneers will be back at home April 7 for their next match.